I have been so displeased with Thai restaurants here in the states or anywhere for that matter, simply due to the fact that these places are riding on some trendy tsunami (no pun intended) and all that I can see, taste, and pay for, fail in horrific ways.
Thai food, not too recently gave into to countering my oath to never eat Thai cuisine in the states, and one of the horrible residue flavors that permeated this dish I ordered was sugar.
And a second note, the kitchen could not provide results for a request for fresh, raw chopped chili. The wait staff had to walk to the outside front of the restaurant to the side of the enterence, pinch off a number of chilis from the potted display chili plant, rush to the kitchen, have the kitchen staff cut them up, then return with a skimp portion of cut chili for me, a paying customer, from the ornament outside the restaurant door.
I would expect a Thai establishment to have raw chilis on hand. I suppose not. Or the owner likes to make extra work for the wait staff, by having them run outside and collect chilis from a plant, resulting in a non-satisfactory portion for your dish. I suppose that is real fresh, plucking the chili from the ornament outside the restaurant, but still lacking in quantity. Next time I will bring my own plant lush with chilis for the wait staff to pluck, and I will be certain to join in.
The above restaurant was the second Thai venue visited since I decided to try them out. Both were Thai staffed and well decorated on the Southeast Asian theme but both failed in preparations that would be anything to note. Also the food more resembled Thai food in color not so much taste.